by | Mar 24, 2022

If you’re an entrepreneur, you’ve been told you need a lead magnet. Leads lead to clients, but it’s an easy thing to procrastinate on because there are several parts to it. Some people have more trouble coming up with an idea for a lead magnet, and some are overwhelmed by the mechanics behind the scenes of the lead magnet, aka freebie. In this article, we’ll explore the ideas behind a lead magnet.

 

You need a lead magnet

Here’s a quick review of why you need a lead magnet – it’s how you build your audience. 

A lead magnet is like a handshake that you have out in the world to meet new people. It’s a bartering tool, exchanging your knowledge for an email address. With this bartering chip, you are building a list of warm leads. This is a list you own and something you should continuously be working to grow. 

Those who sign up for your lead magnet are getting a free sample of your work. It is a valuable tool to introduce yourself.

 

Topic

One of the main reasons to procrastinate is you just don’t know what topic to focus on. This isn’t something that needs to be the answer for everything, and it shouldn’t. When you think of the one thing that each of your clients need – what do you think of? It can be anything from something that a beginner in your target market should know or it could be a sample of something that you teach on a larger scale in one of your courses. 

Grab an idea and run with it! 

Type

Where do we run to? It’s time to decide how to present it. There are a wide variety of media options, but how best can you convey the topic to your audience? Should it be written or wold it be best in a video? Can it be a checklist or a report? 

Here are some ideas for your lead magnet:

  • Checklist
  • Educational video(s)
  • Webinars
  • Templates
  • Tutorial
  • Consultation
  • eBook

Time to Barter!

OK, you have the topic and you know what media you are going to create. Let’s dig into what you need on the backend. 

Number 1 is that you need an email marketing tool and if you don’t have one, there are thousands to choose from. To get started, a great option is MailerLite. It’s free up to 1,000 subscribers with a great range of functionality. 

In the simplest form creation of a lead magnet, you can do it all with just MailerLite. When you pair MailerLite with WordPress you can build a great experience for your lead with a full landing page, signup form, and automated emails, which can also be done in all-in-one platforms like Kajabi.  

Here are the common pieces in play behind the scene of a lead magnet. 

  • Landing page
  • Signup form
  • Value page
  • Email notification
  • Nurture email(s)

 

The Flow

The overall process goes like this. 

  1. You’ll want to build a landing page with an opt-in form. This page needs to give short and descriptive outcomes that your work provides, how this valuable media fits into your process, and what return they will receive when give you their email. 
  2. The submission of the form redirects your visitor to the value page, the place where they get the return on giving you their email address. The form submission also triggers an email notification to make sure they have the link to get back to the valued media.
  3. Over the next few week, they’ll receive automated nurture emails asking if they have any questions, along with other helpful pieces of information. These can be existing blog posts or new insights.

What’s next?

Build it and they will come!

As I’ve mentioned, there are many ways to build it out. Maybe soon, I’ll document how to build it out on various services. 

I’m happy to chat with you about getting your lead magnet moving. Let’s hop on a quick call to discuss your next steps. Book a free 15-minute call right here.

About Hillary Sciscoe
Over the last 25 years, Hillary's worked with entrepreneurs and nonprofits, been a solopreneur, and worked for over a decade at a successful, bootstrapped startup. In doing so, she's led teams focusing on the success of customers within high-tech and the health and wellness industry. Hillary's skills span both creative and technical, which allows her to lead a wide range of projects. She feels like she is fulfilling her purpose by managing the heart-centered and soulful projects of therapists, intuitive coaches, and spiritual healers.